October, 2008

Greetings to current and former PCC owners, and friends:


"Building Kettenburgs: Premier Boats Built and Designed in San Diego".

The book was written by Mark Allen, and is being co-published by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, and the Mystic Seaport Museum. The book is now at the printer, and should be available for purchase in early December.

This book will be a very high quality "coffee table" style book. I have read most of the draft copy of this book, and it will be a must have for anyone interested in Kettenburg boats, or classic yachts in general. I'll keep you posted on when it becomes available.

The Classic Yacht Foundation (CYF) is seeking written and published articles, stories, pictures, boat history/race records, and any other information to potentially be included in the film documentary being produced about George Kettenburg Jr. Please contact me if you think you have something of interest at: [email protected]  or (206) 437-6290


2008 PCC National Championship: San Francisco, California.

I am pleased to announce that on the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Pacific Cruising Class Yacht Racing Association (PCCYRA), the 2008 Pacific Cruising Class Championship Race Series was won this year by ROBIN, PCC #8 owned by Tom Pier. Congratulations to Tom and his crew!  This is the third Class Championship won by ROBIN, having also won in 1952, and 1993. The PCC National Championship was held in conjunction with the Jessica Cup October 18th and 19th in San Francisco, which was co-hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, and the Master Mariners Benevolent Association.

The PCCs raced in Marconi 1 Class, with two races on Saturday, and one long race on Sunday. Everyone enjoyed 15+ knot winds, flat water, and blue sky. ROBIN took 3rd in class in the Jessica Cup behind SANTANA, the 55' yacht formerly owned by Humphrey Bogart.

Many thanks to Terry Klaus and the St. Francis Yacht Club Race Committee for their effort, and for making slips available at the yacht club during the race.


The 2009 Pacific Cruising Class Championship Race Series is scheduled to be held in conjunction with the Kettenburg Regatta in San Diego in June. The Kettenburg Regatta is co-hosted by the Southwestern Yacht Club, and the Ancient Mariner's Sailing Society.

The 2009 San Francisco Bay Area PCC Fleet Championship is scheduled to be held in conjunction  with the Jessica Cup being held in October. The Jessica Cup is co-hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, and the Master Mariners Benevolent Association.

As a matter of interest: The 6 Meter World Championship, 8 Meter World Championship, and 12 Meter World Championship are being held in Newport, Rhode Island during September 2009. I had the opportunity to participate in the 12 Meter North American Championship last month in Newport, Rhode Island. These yachts are maintained in absolute perfect condition. And, if you haven't been there, Newport is "the" yachting city, and former home to the America's Cup.


KACHINA, PCC #23. Joshua Berglund has sold KACHINA to Alexander Libbrecht . It isn't known where Alex has taken the boat. It was thought that Alex was keeping the boat in Sausalito, but that isn't confirmed. If you see KACHINA, please let me know.


There are currently no PCCs for sale.


(3) Mustang off shore pfd's with tethers: $100 each (purchased 8 months ago, at $425 each)

(1) Canvas that can be raised by the main topping lift that provides complete coverage from sun, etc. for the entire cockpit: $75 (all materials cost roughly $1,000)

(1) Standard Horizon HX270S submersible handheld VHF: $65 (purchased 8 at months ago, $215)

150%, and 170% U.S. Sail Genoa: $400 each (completely overhauled and found to have no rips, or blemishes, approx.. 8 years old, but never used, as the previous owner and myself never sailed in such light air.

Contact Josh Berglund  at [email protected] or (714) 292-7572 for the gear mentioned above. Equipment located in San Francisco.

Kettenburg Burgee: High quality white nylon with Kettenburg logo (red "K" in a red simi-circle) $30.00 Contact Steve Barber at [email protected] or (916) 847-9064

Original PCC equipment from PCC #18:
Mast w/ standing rigging $3,500
boom $750
winches, deck hardware, etc. TBA
Contact Steve Barber at [email protected] or (916) 847-9064 Equipment located in Los Angeles.


BALLERINA, PCC #12 (Archie-San Francisco Bay Area Fleet), BELLE OF THE WEST, PCC #19 (Jim-Puget Sound Area Fleet). Alex is having work done on JANLEY, PCC #14 (East Coast Fleet) by Jim Titus at Mt. Hope Boat Works in Newport, Rhode Island, before transporting her to southern France later next year.

I hope everyone has a great holiday season.

Until next time, sail on................